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The Trouble with "Good" Shoes

Everyone enjoys a comfortable pair of good-looking shoes, whether for dress, casual, or even rough outdoors use. I'm no exception.

The argument can be made that shoes are a good investment. They protect the feet, please the observer, and do not detract from whatever else it is we are wearing.

However, I'm actually writing to suggest sometimes a pair of shoes can be too good, and for that reason, they can instigate trouble. How so?

Well, for half a hundred bucks or so, you can buy shoes that feature the above qualities and that, in addition, last a considerable period of time. For instance, I never own more than two pair of shoes, one for dress, one for other uses. Frankly, I have a castrated (did I say castrated? I meant to say fixed) income.

So a pair of shoes last between five and ten years for me. And they don't look too bad. Oh, to help the reader understand, my dress shoes are often on my feet four or more days per week.

So what's wrong with this picture? Shoes, no matter how durable, change with time, if ever so gradually. You become so attached to them, you hate to get rid of them. And that half a hundred bucks is pretty sweet, spent elsewhere.

Before you know it, your feet are suffering physically through gradual changes for the worse. No, you don't notice them until the damage is done. Yes, believe me, there is trouble with "good shoes" you might not notice so much if they wore out a little more quickly.

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MegL wrote on April 9, 2018, 6:56 PM

I have 4 pairs of trainers. I wear trainers all day, every day but I rotate through the pairs, so they get a rest. If you could possibly get another pair of good shoes, so each pair could rest, they might not end up causing you discomfort?

lookatdesktop wrote on April 10, 2018, 7:27 PM

That is a good point you made. I own about 6 pair of shoes. I will keep the old ones and buy new ones the same make and model. Then I realize, by looking at the worn soles, that I have a way of wearing out the outer most edge of the shoes until it is more like I have been walking on a hump instead of walking on a flat surface. That said, I must really have some issues with my feet. I believe the terms are flat feet or walking bow-legged. Maybe both.